Richard Hyde is a 75 year-old widower living in Thailand. He is an ex-diplomat, translator, amateur architect and keen traveller
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
At the tender age of seven I read the sometimes frightening Pink Fairy book by Andrew Lang with its pictures of the evil queen who spat out a toad every time she opened her mouth. However the picture which most impressed me was of a slender, Burne-Jones style lady holding a wheel - the wheel of destiny she said - do you want happiness in your youth and unhappiness in old age? I made my choice there and then - and so it came to pass.
How do you approach cover design?
Oh dear - amateurishly. The cover i have chosen for my book was the most apt and exotic I could find on the Internet - the Ananda temple in Pagan, Burma. Another consideration was that Ananda was the Lord Buddha's most loyal disciple. 'Though I am not a Buddhist I do try to follow his unrivalled advice on how life should be lived..
Deeper Down the Hole (Indecent Descent Episode Two)
on Sep. 12, 2014
To classify this book simply as erotic undervalues it. The story is far more than that and the declaration of love towards the end of the book is one of the most moving I have ever read.
The passages on the loss of his wife ring true (I am in the early stage of grief over the loss of my own wife and recognise much of what Jim Baines says).
Thank you Jim